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Lawrence Hopewell Trail Urges Bike to Work Day

    • Lawrence Hopewell Trail

Calling all Mercer County residents! The Lawrence Hopewell Trail Board of Trustees is urging workers to leave their car keys at home tomorrow in recognition of national Bike to Work Day; and instead hop on their bikes to commute to work. Trustees of the 22+ mile cycling and walking loop through Hopewell and Lawrence Townships ask their neighbors to consider alternative transportation to work. 

That’s not all they are asking! Bicyle enthusiasts are encouraged to do one more thing: take a selfie and share it with others (while being safe!). Ways to share your photos:


Don’t forget to use the hashtag #Onthecircuit if you take the trails to work and share photos! 


DVRPC Shares Data, Revealing Which Philly Streets Cyclists Use Most

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CyclePhilly – an app produced by Code for Philly, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, DVRPC, Septa and the City of Philadelphia – logs voluntarily-shared cyclist trip data. DVRPC recently released six months of that data, revealing which routes cyclists like best. The data was gathered from 220 unique CyclePhilly users and 8,340 individual trips.

Some highlights include:

Activity Number of Trips         Top Philly Street
Total Trips 866 Spring Garden, between 9th & 10th
Commuting 672 Spring Garden, between 6th & 7th 
Doing Errands             68 Pine, between 15th & 17th 
Exercise 65 Schuylkill River Trail, between Art Museum & 25th
Social  99 Spring Garden, between 9th & 10th 

Read the full article on Plan Philly here to learn more about the app and what’s in store for the future of biking in Philadelphia: http://planphilly.com/articles/2015/05/06/dvrpc-releases-new-cyclephilly-data-on-which-streets-cyclists-use-most


National Bike Month Calls for Bike To Work Day!

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May is Bike Month and to celebrate, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is hosting their 20th Annual Bike to Work Day Friday, May 15. The Bike Coalition is dedicated to making 2015’s Bike to Work Day the biggest ever, complete with six energizer stations (more details below) with free swag, including Kind bars and Peet's Coffee. Stations will be located conveniently around the city. Later in the afternoon, there will be a Happy Hour at Yards Brewery with half-priced drafts!
 
So, what can you do to participate? Pledge to bike to work by registering or signing up to volunteer! Then download the Bike to Work poster, print it, and share it with your colleagues at work.

See additional details below. We look forward to seeing you!

AM Energizing Stations from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

  • LOVE Park
  • Clark Park
  • The Penn Museum
  • 13th and Spruce Streets

PM Energizing Stations and community events from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Chew Playground (18th and Washington)
  • 44th and Walnut

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Great volunteer opportunity with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and Cadence Youth Cycling! Details included below. Email anya@railstotrails.org if interested! 

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When: Saturday, May 9 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (volunteer training session from 8:30-9:00 a.m.)

Where: Schuylkill River Trail (between the Water Works and East Falls)

What: High school cyclists will be engaging in a scavenger hunt competition along the Schuylkill River Trail (between Water Works and East Falls). The cyclists will stop along the route to complete challenges. Volunteers are needed to run these challenge stops. The volunteers will provide some quick info about watersheds or the Circuit trail network and then lead the students in a fun challenge (i.e. wheelbarrow race, etc.). Volunteers will need to keep track of each team’s points. Volunteers should arrive via bike in order to reach their challenge locations.

BONUS: A free lunch from Cosmic Cafe will be provided at noon. No experience necessary!

Join Rails-to-Trails and Cadence Youth Cycling ‪#‎onthecircuit‬


What is the Circuit?

Ever wondered what the Circuit is exactly? Look no further. Watch Matt Norris, South Jersey Coordinator of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign give the scoop below. 


The Circuit is Social!

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We are very excited to announce that the Circuit is ramping up on social media, across Facebook (TheCircuitTrails), Twitter (@circuittrails) and Instagram (thecircuittrails). Like and follow us for regional updates, events and news from the Circuit trails and parks. We love to see community members’ activity and participation on the Circuit, so please be sure to share your experiences using the hashtag #onthecircuit! 

Tags: Social Media

Phoenixville Community Celebration On SRT Trail: April 25

Calling all Phoenixville-area community members!  This weekend, you are invited to head downtown to for a whole host of family fun events on and around the new two-mile trail segment of the Schuylkill River Trail. Activities include everything from a bike tour along the new trail, a bike check and a complementary bike helmet fitting station to live music, chalk and plein air art (painting outdoors!) and more. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. near the Walking Bridge at the Foundry and the Phoenixville Farmer’s Market. For more information, visit http://www.schuylkillrivertowns.com/new-events/2015/4/25/phoenixville-trail-opening-celebration

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EAST COAST GREENWAY TO CELEBRATE PHILADELPHIA’S LEADERSHIP IN TRAIL DEVELOPMENT AT SPRING SUMMIT: MAY 1

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Philadelphia is the hosting the East Coast Greenway’s State of the Greenway Summit on Friday, May 1! The Summit, held at Lloyd Hall, 1 Boathouse Row, will celebrate Philadelphia as a leader in trail development, as well as several new world-class sections of the East Coast Greenway (ECG) here in the City.   

The Summit will feature special remarks from regional and national bike-ped and transportation leaders, including:

  • Leslie Richards, Secretary, PennDOT
  • Mark Focht, Deputy Commissioner, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
  • Diane Ellis-Marseglio, Commissioner, DVRPC
  • Dennis Markatos-Soriano, executive director, East Coast Greenway Alliance
  • Alex Doty, executive director, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
  • Andrew Johnson, Watershed Protection Program Director, William Penn Foundation
  • Meg Daly, founder, Friends of the Underline

When completed, the 2,900-mile greenway, which connects with the region’s Circuit trails, will link Philadelphia to major cities throughout the eastern seaboard. In PA, a car-free, 55-mile route runs from Trenton, N.J. to Wilmington, Del., through Center City Philadelphia.

Get your tickets today! Be sure to wear comfortable shoes to the Summit and take part in a walk along the Schuylkill River Trail to a reception at the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk after the Summit. The Summit and reception are open to the public; registration is $10 for ECGA members and $20 for non-members. To learn more or purchase tickets visit greenway.org.

Summit: 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Ride/Walk to reception: 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Reception at Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Phoenixville Trail Opens Connecting More Than 60 Miles of Completed Schuylkill River Trail

The official opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of the new two-mile segment of the Schuylkill River Trail in Phoenixville is today, representing another significant step forward in the continued development of the Circuit. If you're in the neighborhood around 4 p.m., join us for the festivities! The ribbon cutting will take place at the Walking Bridge at the Foundry located at 2 N. Main Street in Phoenixville. Immediately following the ribbon cutting ceremony, participants in the Sly Fox Brewing Co. "SRT Spree" will kayak from Riverfront Park to Lock 60 then bike to the new trail head to demonstrate how easy it is to transition from river to trail (read more about the Sly Fox Brewing Co. "SRT Spree" here). 

The newly developed Phoenixville trail is a recreation and transportation path for cyclists, runners and pedestrians, connecting the local community to the riverfront and neighboring towns. As a key link in the region's trail network, the new segment closes what has been viewed as a high-priority gap in the Schuylkill River Trail, connecting the Phoenixville Borough to over 60 miles of finished trail, including a 26-mile stretch from Philadelphia to Phoenixville. When fully complete, the Schuylkill River Trail will total approximately 130 miles from Philadelphia to Pottsville, comprising a large segment of the Circuit, which will ultimately include 750 miles of multi-use trails through greater Philadelphia and South Jersey. 

Funding for the Phoenixville segment of the Schuylkill River Trail was provided by the William Penn Foundation, through the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), and The Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area managed by the Schuylkill River Greenway Association.  The Phoenixville segment was designed by Ray Ott and Associates and Campbell Thomas & Company and constructed by the Borough’s Public Works Department.

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Sly Fox Brewing Co. Releases New Ale in Celebration of the “SRT Spree”

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Here’s a great way to start your weekend… today marks day 2 of the Sly Fox Brewing Co.’s SRT Spree, a week-long celebration of the recreational opportunities along the SRT or Schuylkill River Trail from Pottsville to Philadelphia.  The Sly Fox launch team is traveling the trail via various methods such as hiking, biking, kayaking, horseback and more. Each day of the journey, the team is making stops to take part in efforts, such as trail clean-ups, to help build awareness and appreciation for the trail. Community members are encouraged to travel along any segment of the SRT Spree journey and to participate in any of the volunteer clean-up locations.

One stop is particularly important, as a critical two-mile segment of the Schuylkill River Trail is opening in Phoenixville on Monday, April 20 with a ribbon cutting at 4 p.m.  On Monday, “Spree” participants will kayak from Riverfront Park to Lock 60 then bike to the trail head to demonstrate how easy it is to transition from river to trail. 

Additionally, Sly Fox Brewing Co. has joined forces with the Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area for the release of its newest canned beer, SRT Ale, which will hit the market appropriately on Earth Day, April 22, the final day of the SRT Spree.  Proceeds from the sale of SRT Ale will benefit the Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area.  For more information on how to get involved, visit www.slyfoxbeer.com/index.php/front/srtspree


Philly Mag Shares Some of the Region’s Best Running Trails, Including Many on the Circuit

    • Schuylkill River Trail (Boardwalk)

With the iconic Broad Street Run just a few weeks away, Philly Mag shared some of the best running trails and parks in the Philadelphia area and beyond, and several Circuit trails made the recommended list! Trails with spectacular views included the Ben Franklin Bridge, Boxers’ Trail, Cobbs Creek Trail, Cynwyd Heritage Trail, Wissahickon Trail, Tyler State Park, Valley Forge Historic National Park, Schuylkill River Trail,  and Cooper River Park. Go to Philly Mag to see the full list of trails and parks to take advantage of while the weather is warming up! 


Area businesses welcome Indego bike share docking stations

As reported by the Philadelphia Business Journal, Philly’s bike share program is a welcome addition in Old City.  Read more here about how Smak Parlour boutique owners are happily anticipating an Indego bike dock in front of their shop.

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The Schuylkill River Heritage Area Announces New Executive Director

The Schuylkill River Heritage Area Board of Directors recently announced Silas A. Chamberlin of Allentown, Pa., as the new executive director to lead the National and State Heritage Area. The Schuylkill River Heritage Area celebrates the Shuylkill River watershed as one of America's most significant cultural, historical and industrial regions.  Silas previously served as regional director for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR). Prior to that, he served as senior director for the Delaware & Lehigh Heritage Corridor.

While Chamberlin’s projected start date is May 4, current  executive director since 2003, Kurt D. Zwikl won’t retire until June 30, allowing for a two-month transition period.

Chamberlin was selected as executive director through an extensive search that began last fall and was conducted by a search committee of the board, in conjunction with executive search firm Leadership Recruiters.  He has published numerous articles on the subject of trails and currently has a book manuscript entitled On the Trail: A History of American Hiking, under review for publication. He also has served on Pennsylvania's Statewide Trails Advisory Committee and as an advisor to numerous regional trail organizations.

We are pleased to have Silas Chamberlin formally back with the Circuit Coalition!

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Recent Study Reveals Philadelphia Among Top Cities for Biking

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Philadelphia was recently ranked the 10th most bike-friendly city based on the percentage of commuters who bike to work, the number of on-bike fatalities and ongoing infrastructure improvements to support bikers, according to survey results from BetterDoctor.

Some interesting statistics revealed the following:  approximately 2.14 percent of Philadelphia’s commuters bike to work;  there are 2.3 fatalities per 10,000 commuters; the city’s federal transportation funds obligated to bike and pedestrian projects are $6.91 per capita; and Philadelphia has an overall biking score of 57.21 out of 100.

The top five cities for biking included Portland, Ore.; Washington D.C.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Oakland, Calif.; and Sacramento, Calif.

Find more data results at the Philadelphia Business Journal


Lardner’s Point Park Wins Green Park Award

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The Pennsylvania Recreation & Park Society (PRPS) recently awarded Lardner’s Point Park the 2015 Green Park Award. Tom Branigan, Executive Director of the Delaware River City Corp., attended the luncheon earlier this week to accept the award. Other DRCC members in attendance were Jim Donaghy, Jim Fries, Mariann Dempsey and Patrick Starr.  The luncheon was part of the PRPS 68th Annual State Conference.

The Green Park Award recognizes excellence in the public park community for those that demonstrate the integration of green and sustainable park practices based upon the following criteria: Site Location and Site Design,  Water, Natural Landscaping, Materials Selection and Construction, Connect People to Nature, Operations and Maintenance, and Environmental Stewardship Messaging.

Lardner’s Point – recipient of the 2015 Green Park Award –  is a major trailhead for the North Delaware Riverfront Greenway Trail, part of the Circuit. The park provides space to walk, bicycle, and relax along a very scenic stretch of the Delaware just below the iconic Tacony-Palmyra Bridge. Visitors fish from the pier, picnic at handicap-accessible tables, observe wildlife, and traverse a multi-use path through native meadows.

Congratulations Lardner’s Point Park! 


A TRAIL TO MOBILITY

    • 2015 Mobility Forum

Last week 250 involved citizens, many of them arriving on bikes or on foot, joined together for the Better Mobility 2015 Mayoral Forum, organized by the Better Mobility Work Group. Mayor Nutter has long been a proponent for bike lanes and multi-use trails, support which has helped catalyze efforts to develop the Circuit in the region, yet the arrival of a new Mayor raises questions.

Will the new Mayor support cycling infrastructure, pedestrian accommodations, traffic enforcement and the other agenda items that make this city safe for cyclists and walkers alike?  Will the new Mayor support "Vision Zero," the idea that traffic fatalities can be eliminated through better planning and design? Will the Circuit find support from the next Mayor?

The forum indicated that, perhaps, the new mayor will be forced by public demand to continue the trend of support for forward-thinking mobility efforts. While specific thoughts and opinions varied widely among candidates, overall every candidate pointed to mobility issues as important for the city (including the neighborhoods) and pointed to the bikability and walkability of the city as a key amenity.

Check out the Bicycle Coalition’s website to learn more about the forum and read the region’s press coverage of the event.  


The Circuit is Center Stage in New Civic Commons Initiative Funded by the Willliam Penn & Knight Foundations

It may be snowing in Philadelphia today, but this week the city got a huge dose of sunshine from the William Penn Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.  The two came together in Fairmount Park’s beautiful Horticultural Center to announce an $11 million grant to the Fairmount Park Conservancy that’s all about “Reimagining the Civic Commons.”  The grant will leverage public and other private dollars to develop five public space projects in the city, including the Bartram’s Mile trail project.  Part of the Circuit, Bartram’s Mile is a trail and greenway project, by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and Schuylkill River Development Corporation, along the lower Schuylkill River that will transform industrial brownfields into an urban park. 

The Circuit plays a critical role in this new Civic Commons work, as the region’s trail network will be a primary conduit for connecting these five public spaces and opening access to them for residents from all parts of the city.  Here’s what William Penn’s Shawn McCaney (Creative Communities Program Director) had to say:  “Philadelphia’s momentum is palpable. Because of its beautiful public spaces and civic assets, the city is increasingly recognized as a world-class destination for visitors and tourists. The Civic Commons initiative is designed to bring high-quality amenities, like the ones placing Philadelphia on a world stage, to all of our residents, especially those in our most underserved communities.  And by connecting many of these destinations through the Circuit, we promote social and community inclusion within and between neighborhoods across the city, unite neighborhoods that presently may stand alone, and work to ensure that Philadelphia is, indeed, a place for all Philadelphians.”

Read more about Reimagining the Civic Commons in some of the week’s news coverage:  Plan Philly, Philadelphia Tribune

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DVRPC Announces CMAQ Competive Funding For South Jersey

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission is now accepting applications for Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) projects in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Mercer Counties. Bicycle and Pedestrian projects such as trails are eligible for CMAQ funds.

DVRPC will be accepting CMAQ Program applications from January 9, 2015 until 5:00 P.M. on Thursday, April 9, 2015. A mandatory information session for applicants will be held at 4:00 P.M. on January 28, 2015 in the DVRPC Conference Room, 190 N. Independence Mall West, 8th Fl., Philadelphia, PA 19106.

For more details on program guidance as well as submitting an application visit the DVRPC CMAQ web page.

Tags: CMAQ, DVRPC, funding

2014 Highlights of the Circuit

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2014 Milestones     

  • 12 miles of new trails were added, including the Boardwalk on Schuylkill Banks 
  • Manayunk Bridge and four other trails broke ground  
  • $13.2 million in federal, state and local grants were made in 2014 for Circuit projects.
  • The Willilam Penn Foundation awarded $8.6 million for Circuit trails and a communications plan
  • 8 counters were installed on Chester Valley Trail, Cynwyd, SRT at Kelly Drive, SRT at Pawlings Road, Lawrence Hopewell Trail, US 202 Parkway Trail, Wissahickon Trail. 
  • The Pennsylvania FY 2015-2018 Transportation Improvement Program committed an additional $1 million for Circuit projects in the next round of Transportation Alternatives awards and the five PA counties agreed to prioritize their Circuit trails for future funding.
  • Coverage in 47 outlets that reached 89 million viewers

300 miles are now complete

The Circuit grew in 2014 through the opening of the following trails:

Eleven Ribbon Cuttings/Trail Openings       

  1. Neshaminy Creek Trail - Doylestown & New Britain      
  2. Pennypack North/South Extension  
  3. Chester Valley Trail 2  & Trail 3           
  4. Schuylkill River Trail-Boardwalk    
  5. Kinkora Trail
  6. Lawrence Hopewell Pennington Connection        
  7. Schuylkill River Trail-Leesport
  8. Baldwin Run Trail
  9. Poquessing Creek Trail (not an official Circuit Trail)
  10. Yellow Springs Trail (Valley Forge) (not an official Circuit Trail)
  11. Destination Peace Valley Trail (not an official Circuit Trail)

Five Groundbreakings                       

  1. Manayunk Bridge    
  2. ECG- Baxter Trail     
  3. Pennypack N/S Extension  
  4. Sullivan's Bridge      
  5. Schuylkill River Trail West (not an official Circuit trail)

Media Impressions

Number of Viewers/Readers Reached:

89,776,236

**Huffington Post Viewership: 54,657,952**

Estimated Advertising Value:

$349,257.10

**Does not include Huffington Post advertising value**

*All readership, unique viewers and advertising equivalency numbers are estimates based on the best available data

Major Messages

  • As the trail network grows, small businesses are benefitting
  • Key assets in the Circuit are being completed
  • Collaboration leads to progress in trail development
  • Philadelphia is one of the most accessible cities for cyclists
  • The Circuit will make Philadelphia a world-class city for trail access
  • Funding is key for further trail development

Media Placements:

  • Since June, 47 different outlets covered stories
  • More than 16 TV segments
  • An impressive 8 Inquirer stories
  • All 4 Major Philly news channels covered events

50 Miles in Progress

Circuit Trails in the 9 county region were awarded $13.2 million in federal, state and local funding.

400 Miles to Go

We expect the following trails in the coming years to open:

2015:

  • Manayunk Bridge
  • Bartram’s Mile
  • SRT in Phoenixville and along the tow path in Mont Clare
  • Baxter Trail 
  • Pennypack between Welsh Road and Byberry Road (Bryn Athyn)

2016:

  • Ben Franklin Bridge ramp,
  • Chester Valley Trail in Montgomery County 
  • new bridge over the Schuylkill River at Valley Forge

 
 

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Upper Merion Breaks Ground on Schuylkill River West Trail

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In what we can honestly say is the final trail groundbreaking of the year, Upper Merion Township officials held a ceremony on December 11th in Heuser Park for the first segment on the Schuylkill River West Trail. Hueser Park is located at the foot of Geerdes Boulevard only a few blocks downhill from PennDOT's District 6-0 offices.

The trail will span 2.2 miles from Heuser Park to Valley Forge NHP at an existing trail underpass at Route 422 near the future Sullivan's Bridge. The vision for the Schuyllkill River West Trail will run all the way to Martin Luther King Drive in Philadelphia creating a 30 mile loop, however at this time the trail is only conceptual in Bridgeport, West Conshocken, Lower Merion and Philadelphia.

Full groundbreaking coverage in the Daily Local.